JULIA BARFIELD, FRSA MBE RIBA , (born 1952) is a British architect and director of Marks Barfield Architects , established in 1989. Barfield created the London Eye together with husband partner David Marks . Barfield has interest in vernacular architecture, geometry and in the way nature "designs and organizes itself so efficiently". She was influenced by Buckminster Fuller and his beliefs on how architects have a social and environmental responsibility. Barfield remains involved in a diverse array of projects within architecture, including the categories of culture, education, transportation, sports, leisure, and master planning.
* 1 Education * 2 Experience
* 3 Works
* 3.1 London Eye
* 4 Awards * 5 References
After graduation, Barfield worked for Foster and Partners for nine years. In 1990, together with husband David Marks, they founded Marks Barfield Architects . During the last 13 years, with Marks, she has designed projects in the leisure, housing, transport, education and cultural sectors. Barfield has served as an Awards' assessor for RIBA and Civic Trust, as well as a judge for various architectural competitions. A recent competition Barfield judged was the RIBA forgotten Spaces Competition.
Barfield serves as a leader within the field of architectural education, continuing to lecture at conferences and universities, advising for the Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment Masters' course at Cambridge University , is a Governor at Godolphin ">
The best thing about the Eye is the journey. It’s not like the Eiffel tower, where you get in a dark lift and come out on to a platform at the top. The trip round is as important as the view. -Julia Barfield, 2015
In 1993, the Sunday Times and the Architecture Foundation held an open competition to design a landmark for the millennium, which would in turn be the London Eye . According to an interview with architects David Marks, and Julia Barfield, their design submission for the competition did not win; in fact, none of the submissions won the competition. Instead, the architects decided to build The Eye anyway. In March 2000, the London Eye was completed for ₤85m.
* ^ A B "Women In Architecture: Julia Barfield